DALLAS BAR DEDICATES COURTHOUSE MURALS The Dallas Bar Association dedicated five murals near the entryway of the George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building on December 16, after raising private money to fund the yearlong project, which was the vision of 2016 DBA President Jerry C. Alexander, association officials said. Local artist Steve Hunter designed, painted, and coordinated the work on the murals and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts students painted one of the murals as a part of a class. “Now the entryway for litigants, jurors, attorneys, and visitors coming from the parking garage into the George Allen Courthouse will present a much more positive first impression of the excellent legal system that we all strive for in that courthouse,” Alexander said in a statement. New CCA judges sworn in Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judges Mary Lou Keel and Scott Walker were officially sworn in to their new places on the bench January 4 in the Texas House chambers. Friends and family members spoke of the officials at the ceremony, and a reception followed at the Texas Law Center. Houston young lawyers bring holiday cheer The Houston Young Lawyers Association and Houston Young Lawyers Foundation’s annual Adopt-an-Angel program brought big smiles to the faces of local children in December. The initiative, which was started more than 10 years ago, is a partnership between local law firms, attorneys, and businesses to collect and deliver gifts to children in the community. In 2016, it benefited more than 2,500 students at eight early childhood centers and elementary schools and four private charities in the Houston area, organizers said. “Adopt-an-Angel provides many needy children with holiday cheer that they might not otherwise have during the season,” HYLA President Arthur L. Bryan II said in a statement. Tax Section seeks nominees for award The council of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section is accepting nominees for its Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Award. The award is presented to attorneys who have a reputation for expertise and professionalism, a track record of scholarly works, and have made a significant contribution to the field, among other attributes. Nominees must be either a State Bar member in good standing, an inactive member, a former full-time tax law professor who taught at an accredited Texas law school, or a full-time tax law professor currently teaching at an accredited Texas law school. Nominees must have devoted at least 75 percent of their practice to tax law and have been licensed to practice law for at least 10 years. The award may be granted posthumously. Nominations should be submitted no later than April 1 to Tax Section secretary Catherine C. Scheid at email@example.com. Download a nominating form and learn more at texastaxsection.org.
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